Food bank assists almost 2,000

Williams Lake Food Bank hampers have assisted 1,910 individuals in the past 12 months with food valued at $371,000.

Williams Lake Food Bank hampers have assisted 1,910 individuals in the past 12 months with food valued at $371,000.

The soup kitchen has served 26,000 meals valued at more than $406,000.

Numbers in 2011 are approximately 10 per cent higher than 2010.

Thankfully the demands on the food bank are not doubling and tripling as they have in the previous two years.

More than 60 per cent of our clientele is classified as high needs and has less than $150 for the monthly food bill.

High-needs clients may access share shelf daily, bread, fruit and vegetables weekly, and can come for a full hamper twice a month.

A hamper contains approximately three days of food for the household.

The households that are not classified as high needs may access the food bank either once a month, four times a year, or twice a year; depending on income/expenses.

The Williams Lake Food Bank receives reclamation foods from Save-On, Safeway, and the Wholesale Club as well as shipments from the Canada Food Bank association every six to eight weeks.

The shipments from CFA are mostly treats and non-food items such as personal care products, baby diapers, cleaning products, and snack foods.

The CFA donations enable us to top-up hampers with goodies and “extras,” and share the abundance with other agencies, such as pregnancy outreach, school meal programs, Youth For Christ, Boys and Girls Club, Three Corners Health, and First Nation communities.

The food bank is always looking for individuals to assist with the items not available through reclamation or through the Canada Food Bank Association, the staples needed to make up hampers.

When considering donations to the food bank remember the needed items: soups, pasta and pasta sauce, peanut butter, canned meats, pork and beans, fruits and vegetables.